Today marks the 45th anniversary of the first human footprints on the moon, Apollo 11 in 1969.
The past century left us a mark of achievement we have not yet matched, never mind passed. This century old ghosts of prejudice pull us back from the view of one earth the astronauts saw.
I’m visiting in the South today, saw demonstrators on an overpass on I-64 waving flags and anti-immigrant signs. Not that color prejudice is dead, but undocumented immigrants and refugees have fewer defenders and all the hatred and sense of grievance that Americans can’t let go of finds a target in the least defended. The demonstrations were nationwide and happened in Providence too.
The moon landing could never have happened without vision and daring. Human liberation is possible.